On this week's show we're talking respect in health care: Who's got it, who wants it and who should have it. It only seems fair that we included a chiropractor in the line up. For many year, chiropractors in Canada have been fighting for credibility among physicians whose feet are planted firmly in the "randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled" model of medicine and healing. In the past few years, chiropractors have gone a long way to validate scientifically the work they do. They've been making progress with patients, but with doctors....not so much.
Who cares about territorial skirmishes among health professionals? Well, it's patients who feel the brunt of this suspicion when their doctor reaches for a prescription pad instead of referring them to a chiropractor for a new approach.
There's a light at the end of the tunnel though. It's at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where chiropractors and GP's now work side-by-side doing primary care. Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles is the chiropractic brains behind the program. She says it took a two year pilot study to gather enough evidence to satisfy hospital administrators and doctors that it was a good idea.
We talked to her about her experience trying to gain respect among physicians and create a sea change in practice in the process. Here what she had to say: